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muni is going to have, which they call part of indexing. well, that will be hard, and we will hear about it. i have said this to muni, but they show no signs of knowing about any way to change that, so i'm hoping somebody will help do that. we are also exploring the 5 fulton extension. i live on the edge of the ocean. you should know, to go out there, it is not just making it harder for seniors, because you have four blocks to walk. if you have alternate ltd's and locals, it would be an ideal way to make things better in the richmond. [applause]
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>> we have kristen evans from district 5. she had to leave? ok. dennis from district 5? >> hi, mayor, supervisors, city staff. i am a native san franciscan, went to public schools mostly in district 5, more than 50-some years. you know there was no district 5 where i was born. there are a couple of things i want to say. i will not be as specific as some of the prior speakers, even though i have appreciated what i have heard tonight. i look at this and i can tell a lot of folks in san francisco,
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having served for many years, many decades on the labor council in san and cisco, having chaired the law and legislative committee, being involved in this particular district for the last 38 years, i can tell you what some perception of the public are about the budget, this $6.8 billion. 52% enterprise money, 48% general fund. that is a huge number for the general fund, yet, the parks budget, if i'm not mistaken, will get $33 million this year. and i as a stand it, it was good to be cut by $3 million. but at the same time, our administration felt very comfortable giving larry ellison pledges of a huge amount of money for the america's cup regatta race for the billionaires, when in fact, there are a whole lot of people that will not show up for that. most of the money would be a trickle-down money that would come in from taxes and so on. the reality is, there is a
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perception that i certainly share, which is that we, as a city, feel comfortable giving money to wealth, and are really cheap when it comes to things like parks and the poor, as several speakers here have already said, to the people who are residents of the city who are in great need. i would urge that you look at that value system and reevaluate it. the money needs to go where the residents of san francisco need it to go, not just to those -- like twitter and larry ellison -- who are really not in need of our money. [applause] >> we are going to do two more speakers.
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then i'm going to have to rush you, mayor lee, because i have another meeting at 7:30. what can i say? it is the teacher in me. i cannot help it. pam lee from district 1. the next person is carry patterson. all the rest of these are going to be given to the proper people so that we have everything you wanted to say. >> i have a couple of things i want to say, so i will do it quickly. i am a teacher at city college. the students are in serious crisis. my students are coming up to me, telling me they can no longer stay in school. because there are not enough classes, and also because the
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price per unit is so high and the books are too expensive. what i am seeing is, my students are leaving school and going into low-wage jobs. we have to find a way to save city college. we're one of the wealthiest -- my son has helped to build three condominiums, places for the will to live, so i know they are here in this city. we need to find a way to take care of our children. the second thing is, i drive through golden gate park every day. there are all these bike lanes. i would like the public health department or some entity to be able to do a public health-kind of education on how to share the road. i do not think cars know how to make a right-hand turn when there is a bike lane on the right. i see by sneaking left-hand turns like they are cars. there are all kinds of other
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violations that are going on. i would like to see some kind of public education around this comment in the newspaper, on tv or something. we have to learn how to share the road. thank you for your attention. [applause] >> terry patterson? if a elizabeth jones could get right behind me, i will give you half a minute peters you will be talking about something that is important to me. >> i am terry patterson, a resident of district 5, a member of the sap system mental health board. as the last speaker, i am glad to be able to express my concerns on behalf of cuts to the mental health budget. as you all know, mental health affects every area of city life. and as many of the eloquent previous speakers spoke to
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senior centers, used shelters, community centers, public transportation, the people who are not getting our corporate mental health care are often hidden in homes where families have to deplete their budgets and take care of them. i am talking about the people with bipolar and other serious disorders, who, if their immediate situation does not rise to the level of going to cite an emergency, as many of you know, or become hospitalized, they do not get services. so, i want to urge the city not to be penny wise and pound foolish when it comes to preventive services and sustained services for people who need them in the city, not only to protect public safety,
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but to bring our families together to function adequately. thank you very much. [applause] >> this is the reason i wanted this laid to speak about summer programs. -- lady to speak about summer programs. >> good evening, mayor lee, city officials. my name is elizabeth jones, president of the west sacramento tennis association. i am standing here hoping to receive funding for the summer arts camp. i started the program last year in the summer of 2011, and it turned out to be a huge success. i founded the program, which was an out-of-pocket expense from a part-time job. i have made numerous attempts in try to obtain funding for the west side courts summer camp. it is just unfair that west side courts children are once again being left behind.
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there is enough funding that can be divided equally where west side courts can receive a portion of the proceeds. why can the children of west side courts receive equal treatment as the other developments? i understand some of the kids wanted to speak, but they are shy. thank you for listening. [applause] >> the residents of district 5 and district 1, this does that make your job any easier. they were eloquent, talked about the problems they see, where we think the minute should go. now it is time for you to answer back, right? you do not have much time, but that is okay, too. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. first of all, thanks for your
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input. you know, tonight, we emphasize from the start of our time would be focused on listening to all of you. so, we have done that. obviously, some of you deserve answers right away, but we cannot do that because we, the supervisors and the mayor, and all of these departments, have to get together to decide, after hearing from all of you, what are those things that we must pay attention to? so we have kept our minds open. there has been no decision on the budget as of yet because we wanted to make sure we heard from everybody about what you think priorities are. having said that, we can at least give some of you a feeling of what direction we are headed in. some of you tonight spoke very eloquently, and i wanted you to
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know there are some answers on the way. for example, that washington, did you know we got 5000 jobs this summer for kids -- matt washington. to thousand 500 of those jobs are with city agencies, and another 2500 jobs are from private companies, and all join together with united way to create jobs for our summer youth, age 16 to 24, aimed specifically at disconnect the use and use in poverty. in other words, youth from our public housing. these are paid internships jobs the would begin in very short weeks. everybody is participating. so that is part of the answer. i just wanted to let you know that because we knew that having positive outcomes for our youth was going to be very important because we pay in the short and
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long term if we do not do that, so that is on the way. we are focused on -- in fact, we've got some proposals already. you heard hsa has already submitted a proposal to not cut some very valuable funding that we had for seniors. we are listening to our director tonight to make sure we pay attention to that. he is watching us like a hawk, make sure we do not say anything different, but at the same time, we will try to figure out other things that we need as a city. we need to invest in public safety. all of us have been around. i'm not getting any younger. neither is our police force. captain goldberg, thank you very much for being here today. his cohorts are younger. they will be here, but we need to move on, so we've got to make room for classes for our training.
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we also are paying attention to families. we are working very hard to create family-friendly policy that will lead to good investments in our city. by the way, i know you said may be giving away to some rich folks. i turned to my supervisor -- did we give some money to larry ellison i did not know about or to twitter? ok, but we are raising that money in the private sector. to cover our costs for america's cup. that is why we have recreation and park here. they know that. we have to raise $32 million in the private-sector to cover the cost in that, so they are going the public/private partnership in that way. we will go into more details about it because i know there are perceptions out there that we are giving money away to
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twitter. we did not give money to them. we just tried to save 2500 jobs to make sure they did not go to south san francisco because they were moving. we gave them a tax break. but something that we can cover because we are going to get it back with their investments in mid market. these kids, when they are living and staying and working there, they spend money. that is why we got revenue increases coming on in the city. maybe, but they would not be spending money at the levels they are spending now. that is why we got the recovery going on. i will not say the word trust, because there's different perceptions out there. we have to prove to -- >> we are not here to argue. and saying that to the gentleman over there. we are here now to listen to this gentleman. >> i'm trying to provide some answers. i will not have the complete answers.
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we will have some answers to it, and we will work on providing complete answers, hopefully more in our budget and more in ongoing discussions that people want to have when it comes to families, to schools, transportation -- i think a gentleman here was saying we should work with the adults -- there's a lot of other investments that we could be making as we go into our sessions about how we collaborate with each other to make sure we find the best and most important things we are hearing throughout the community. i just wanted to let you know, at least when i regurgitate some of the things, you know that i heard some of it, that i'm awake, not on my cell phone listening to the latest twists or something like that. i just wanted to let you know these are some of the things i have heard. i have taken my notes. we will read through the others that have submitted. thank you again for submitting written comments and questions. we will get those back out. we have a lot of other groups we are meeting with between now and
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when we present our budget to the board of supervisors, but again, a big thanks to all of you for coming up tonight and for being participants on this and having enough trust and faith in your kids can come out and give us a good feeling about what we do. liz, you got my attention. >> thank you all for coming. [applause]
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>> thank you for joining us for this press event to announce the first annual local hire report. my name is naomi kelly. i'm the city administrator for the city and county of san francisco. this last year i have had the honor of working with board of supervisor john avalos. mayor ed lee, all of the city departments who are responsible
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for delivering capital products and co-chairing a local policy hiring working group. last year we were able to put our heads together, work collectively to implement this landmark policy to bring to wherever -- whenever we are implementing our capital projects to make sure that our monies also go to providing local jobs to this communities that are impacted by our capital projects. we work together with a different department head to maximize existing resources and to minimize costs and we have successfully done that. i want to thank all of our department heads here today, department of public works mohammed nehru. teresa sparks from the human rights commission, the public utilities commission. i would like rec and park for hosting here at the playground.
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this is one of the projects that is under construction and that are hitting its local hire goals already with 10% progress on this project. i want to thank all of our community partners, whether it's young community developers, the a. phillip randolph institute. i want to thank bright line institute and i he was want to thank our partnership with the unions, local 261 and local 22 and the operating engineers, i see you all here today. thank you for your participation. without all of these partner ships, we would not have been able to successfully achieve this first year of implementing the local hire policy. i also want to introduce the mayor who under his leadership when he first game the mayor a year ago, it was very important to him to create jobs here in san francisco and to make sure that our local residents are going -- that our local
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residents are having opportunities to have are employment here in san francisco. and it's his support with the board of supervisors and all of the departments that he is very -- that he is here today to announce our great progress with local hire. so mayor ed lee. [applause] >> thank you, naomi. welcome, everybody, to this wonderful occasion. about a year ago, supervisor avalos and i and a number of other hopeful departments and union leadership and community people gathered together at a playground to announce the beginning of an ordinance that we both worked very hard on. and we knew at that time that we were transitioning as a city to be less dependent upon just words of faith that we have been operating on for some
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number of years to real life transformation to see real faces like the people that are standing behind me, people whose lives are beginning to transform because they earned their way to a decent job on city projects. and we knew that the real secret is for us to transform ourselves as policymakers and program directors -- don't mind if i pause while these trains come in. that we wanted to have something to hold ourselves accountable to the goals that had been loftly crafted in this ordinance. so we went about the business to working together with the goals, with the trades, with the unions, with the training centers and with the departments about city-funded
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projects and to make sure that we could really have a city build local hire program that had goals that could be accomplishable and measurable. and so we decided that we would do this in a multi-year fashion where the first year, you had 20% goal and after that, by different measurements, ultimately our vision would be 50% of all working folks on these projects would be people from san francisco. and so this first year was really a test of what this lofty goal ordinance would do if we all concentrated on the seriousness of performance rather than words. so we all got together and we all not only looked at ourselves in the face, we actually made agreements with companies like elations to really get accurate reports,
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with the labor units to really bear down on the trades that were going to be welcome, really bear down on our training programs to get the preapprenticeship programs up and running and then we went to work with our communities, all of our communities to make sure our doors were open and to make sure that their anticipations could actually be met. all of that working together has produced this final report that we're handing out today of one year worth of performance and i want to announce today that after the first year, we have hit not just the 20% goal that we had anticipated we would try to do, but because of the very deliberate work of the departments, the unions, the apprenticeship programs, the
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and all working together, we have accomplished 34% of all work in local hire, 34%. this is part of a commitment that we have always wanted to markings a good foundation and we knew it wasn't going to be easy. we knew, in fact, if john and i had some minutes, we would go back, the supervisor and i would go back and identify all of the challenges that we had this past year of tearing out our own hair and kind of going back and forth with different representatives of different unions and still talking with advocates to say whether or not we could be able to accomplish this. now we got a good foundation. now we have the reason to move forward with everybody. we gave ourselves enough flexibility in the language of this ordinance to really try to do and learn things as we went along. but the reality is that this ordinance is a live one. it's a live one because we have
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committed people in every aspect of the city and in the private sector working with contractors, the subcontractors to the enforcement staff of our office of economic and workforce development, our city build leadership, our departments, as well as the workers themselves believing that we're all watching each other with the very clear hope that we want to accomplish. that's why we get good results. we're breathing life into an ordinance that had in the past been simply good strong language of faith. and so breathing life into it means everybody has goals to be accomplished. the most important goal, though, in my opinion, is not so much the ordinance, not so much the departments because we all have jobs, it's the people who didn't have a job a year ago now transforming their lives and giving hope to their
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families as well as they come here. that's the real transformation that we wanted to have happen. that's the real performance, because when we do that, and we do that with our city money in wonderful places like this park as you see today under construction with rec and park, we have the commitments of our own folks in our city believing this program works for them, a lot of other things take care of themselves. and there is not only hope, there is real progress going on in the city and i am very, very proud of people who have faith in our government to get into these programs and help change their lives. it also makes other announcements that much more significant. as we gain the success of this
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34%, we can can now have a dialogue around other projects that are forthcoming and in the works, projects that other departments are excited to bring into this fold, projects that we know will result after we pass the parks fund in november, right, supervisor? yeah. you know because the public now sees there is a direct benefit when our residents work off these wonderful projects that we pass where we're willing to tax ourselves to get the revenue, but we see the actual benefit in the more than just one or two ways. we're going to get beautiful parks. we're going to get great streets. we're going to get fantastic cultural institutions all done out of these bonds. we're going see people's lives transformed as a result of this, people who are going to raise their kids here, who are going to buy their breakfast, lunch, and dinners in the community, who are going to get their friends to come and visit them in our wonderful great
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city who will live their lives proudly with their investments, whether it's a family or a small business or their own work right in our own city. we have done that because the board and the mayor's office decided quite a while ago that we're going to cooperate on local hire. we're going to make this happen for ourselves and we're going to make sure we hold ourselves accountable. so not only is this report important, not only is the review steps important and the collaboration, but we're going beyond that. we're setting more goals. towards the end of this month, the goal turns to 25%. a year after that, it's up again because we continue to hold ourselves accountable and we know now that it works, that it can work even better. we can get more people. we can double this group behind us next year. we'll have more smiling faces, more people paying taxes, more kids in our schools with hope that they can come out and get good jobs in
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